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br /We got a phone call yesterday that’s tipped our Christmas upside down.
br /We’d finally been approved as foster parents only a week ago, but were already guardians of a baby girl for the past 8 months. I have to admit I was thinking quot;one and donequot; with no plans for more kids. We already have 3 teenagers, so one additional baby was enough. Plus, Christmas was only a week away with a family trip scheduled out of town.
br /When the social worker dropped them off that night, they each had a small plastic Target bag of items. That was it, other than the car seats they rode in. When we gathered them into our family room, they were frightened and speechless.
br /I picked up one of the twins to move him, and he laid his head on my shoulder. We later learned he has Post Traumatic Stress
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br /As I held the boy with PTSD and began to think what he’d been through at just 2 years old, I had myself a really good cry.
br /This is not what we’d planned for Christmas. I had a quot;Thomas Kinkade Christmasquot; in mind in the Smoky Mountains with my immediate family. Though we hadn’t left yet, my mind was already there.
br /I believe the quot;photoshoppingquot; of Christmas is what’s actually destroying it for us. We imagine some perfect, and incredibly selfish, fantasy. So when we’re faced with the reality of our family (always some disappointments), our finances (quot;poofquot;) and the inevitable let down after gifts are opened, Christmas can never quite live up to expectations.
br /But when you look at God’s take on Christmas, it was never meant to be ideal. Everything He did on that night 2000+ years ago is so counterintuitive, only our overfamiliarity with the Nativity’s details make it seem normal to us. The only way His Son’s birth could have been more humble is if Jesus were born in the dirt.
br /quot;Angels announce Christ’s birth to shepherdsquot; shepherds were considered just a step above slaves in that society.
br /quot;Wisemen traveled from afarquot; Christianity is not just for the uneducated. It has depth enough for the greatest intellects, if
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br /quot;A star would guide themquot; God set a beacon visible to anyone. The only prerequisite was they had to be looking for it.
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br /quot;No room in the innquot; if you’re addicted to control and a tidy little life, you might want to pass on God. Following Him will
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br /That last point is the one God has to keep teaching me. But I’m just three days into this journey now, but I’m seeing God’s plan. There’s so much chaotic joy in our house that this may be the best Christmas ever. And we just found out their birth mother is letting us take the twins with us for Christmas. What a messy, wonderful holiday it will be!Articles Connexes：
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